I concur that the description was more interesting than the video, nevertheless it works as a package. So I give it 4/5.
As for the discussion; I think it comes to various personal and circumstantial factors. Logically if the machine 'virtual' life = 'authentic' life, then you would incur a traveling for moving between realities (as, there is no such thing as 'free' movement). Therefore to minimize energy wastage, you may as well stay in this 'authentic' reality. Otherwise, if you were stuck in the 'virtual' reality, you would still incur a cost to move. Therefore, economically moving is not advisable in that case.
Philosophically - we are emotionally attached to that which we hold dear as reality and comfort; you will feel familiar with those who understand your experiences, places of living etc. So you must sacrifice familiarity to move to a new 'better' version with different sources of 'comfort'. It is a risk, and as humans we would be suspicious of such promises - so in reality we may stay here on earth.
That's that! Thanks for the great post and work. Keep thinking ^^ . . .
Thank you so much!
The concept that you seem to be describing there, from what i understand, is called status quo bias, meaning people will be hesitant to change from what they have always known/believed/etc. And this is something that I definitely recognize the validity in. What I think is important to note here is that I don't mean to suggest that EVERYONE would make the same choice that I would (specifically, choosing to enter the Experience Machine). Instead, a big part of my criticism of Nozick here is that he seems to suggest that everyone would make the same decision that he would, and completely overlooks, as you said, personal and circumstantial factors. He says that anyone put in that position would say no to the machine just because HE thinks there is something more to life than (or rather, intrinsic goods other than) happiness.
Another thing to consider in Nozick's experiment is that he says to assume that everyone will be entering the machines, ignoring the logistics of things like machine maintenance. So if you assume that to be the case, then I believe that for most people there wouldn't be much to the world if it were completely devoid of all other people. Considering that the world would be fundamentally changed by the existence of the Experience Machine, status quo bias would hold very little weight since the status quo would cease to exist.
Thanks again, I really appreciate all those stars and the supportive words, as well as your contribution to the discussion. It means a lot to me! :)
The description is much more interesting than animation itself, but still I think I should encourage people, who bother to offer some food for thought.
In regards to reality, "Reality is when you die" (song by Gorefest).
Hey thanks! Checked out the song, pretty nihilistically bleak outlook on death (which definitely has it's place, I'm not saying that to discredit that viewpoint at all). I think particularly interesting are the lyrics "It wasn't real life, In fact just a play...", which expresses an idea in this context that many people in various societies today tend to just stick to the mould and be who they're told to be, rather than truly living. Also I like the idea insinuated by the title, especially because it is fairly pertinent to my understanding of what happens in the brain when a body dies. I'm a pretty big fan of the speculated concept (I say speculated because this isn't a "proven" theory and might not be a particularly well-accepted belief) that the pineal gland releases a large quantity of N,N-DMT as the body dies, which would result in a dream like state that, effectively from the perspective of the person dying, would in fact be eternity.
There's an interesting clip in the film "Waking Life" in which there are two people lying in bed talking about consciousness, and one person says to the other that the last few minutes of brain activity would be very similar to what happens when you wake up at, say, 10:15, and then fall asleep and have this immensely elaborate dream with plot lines and all, then wake up again to find that it's 10:17. It means that those last few minutes of life in the brain are not only going to seem extremely elongated, but because there's no clear consensus on what happens after that (that's where religions come in) that "dream" will last forever. Interesting stuff, if you ask me.
Anyway, thanks again for all those stars and the music recommendation! Always appreciated.